Katie Price And Family Left 'Traumatised' After Car-Jacking In South Africa
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Katie Price and her family have been left traumatised after falling victim to a carjacking in South Africa, having had their cash, laptops and other personal items stolen by a group of 'opportunist robbers' - who are believed to have been 'high on something' - the Daily Mail reports.
Price was reportedly in South Africa filming for documentary show My Crazy Life. According to police, the family had to stop at the side the road to relieve themselves - which was when the attack took place.
Police chief Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said: "A British tourist and her two children were the victims of a robbery when they stopped on a road to allow the children to relieve themselves by the road.
"The car came to a stop in a very dark place and that is when three men attacked them.
"They have taken items including cash and laptops and personal items and then took the car keys from the ignition and threw them into the bush and ran off leaving them stuck by the side of the road."
Athol Stark, the Chairman of the local Priority Committee on Tourist Safety in Mpumalanga, believes it was an opportunistic robbery and not a targeted one.
He said: "I would like to say that some people are saying this group were targeted because of Katie Price and who they were but I believe that was absolutely not the case.
"This was just the case of people being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This was a group of opportunist robbers who saw people pull over in the dark at a roadside and robbed them.
"There were millions and millions of rands worth of film equipment on the vehicles but they ignored that and just wanted was cash, laptops, mobiles and iPads and any jewellery etc.
"If this was a targeted hit they would have gone for all the film equipment. When I talked to the tourist group later they were pretty sure these guys were high on something or other.
"It is my understanding there were no weapons but it was a pretty nasty attack.
"We as a group work closely with the South African Police Service and Government to help tourists in distress in our area, whether it be they have broken down or victims of crime.
"We were told within 30 minutes of the robbery of what had happened and we were told the robbers had thrown the keys for both vehicles into the bush and they were stranded.
"So we sent out tow trucks to bring the vehicles to a hotel at Ermelo, 45 minutes away from the robbery, and we set about reassuring them and giving them a safe bed for the night."
Stark continued to say that it wasn't until the following morning that they realised who they were 'dealing with', later moving the family to a secure location where nobody else was staying.
"The police had gone back to the scene and searched the undergrowth by the roadside and recovered both sets of missing car keys and brought them back to our location in Ermelo," Stark said.
"They then started taking statements from the nine British tourists and the three men who made up their entourage who were South African and they had a chill out day to recover."
He added that they were all 'initially traumatised', but began to calm down as the day went on.